Nurses at Livingston Hills Nursing and Rehab were out with picket signs this afternoon, part of a protest organized by the union SEIU1199. Here is what they are protesting, in a press release received earlier:
Livingston Hills Nursing Home has performed "much below average" on staffing measures available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) (see attached document). At the same time, the owners offer below market wages and benefits—and there have been consequences. While required by CMS, the nursing home has not submitted recent staffing data, however, caregivers report a revolving door of staff, with dedicated and qualified workers leaving as soon as they find a job with improved pay and a better work environment.
Ongoing turnover at a nursing home is a serious problem, because frail and elderly residents count on continuity of care. For decades 1199SEIU contracts have proven to help recruit and retain healthcare staff who provide state of the art quality care across New York. In fact, this week, 70,000 1199SEIU members settled a contract with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes that provides wage increases, and maintains health and pension benefits.